The late Bill Lenkaitis was a pioneer of sorts when it came to planning for his post-football life. He spent three seasons with the Chargers and 11 more with the Patriots during his 14-year pro career.
However, he spent his offseason working toward a dental degree. In 1973, after six years of going to school in the offseason, he got his degree and spent several years serving as the team dentist for the Patriots, including some years when he was still on the team.
In total, he practiced dentistry in Foxboro, Massachusetts for 40 years. Sadly, he passed away after a battle with brain cancer in 2016 at the age of 70.